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Nassau County, New York prohibits transgender girls and women from competing at county facilities on teams that match their gender identity

Nassau County, New York prohibits transgender girls and women from competing at county facilities on teams that match their gender identity

Nassau County, New York prohibits transgender girls and women from competing at county facilities on teams that match their gender identity

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Doctors, psychologists and community members called the bill passed Monday “harmful” and “illegal.”



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The Nassau County Legislature has voted to ban transgender girls and women from competing at county facilities on teams and leagues that align with their gender identity.

The local law was passed Monday night from 12 to 5. It is one of many laws in the United States that restrict transgender athletes from participating in sports. A breakdown of the party vote was not immediately available, but Republicans hold the majority of seats.

“I am pleased that the Republican majority in the Legislature voted in favor of this common sense measure to protect the integrity of women’s sports and the safety of female participants,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, a Republican, told CNN via email.

Nassau County, according to its website, is the wealthiest county in New York. It is located on Long Island and went for Biden with 54.2% in the 2020 presidential election.

New York is among 25 states without statewide laws barring transgender students from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity, according to data from the Movement Advancement Project, a nonprofit think tank. Other states have laws or regulations that prohibit such participation, the project data show.

When the bill passed, several people in the crowd erupted and chanted “shame, shame, shame.”

This is not the first effort to ban transgender girls and women from sports facilities in Nassau County. On Feb. 22, Blakeman issued an executive order that he said was designed to create “equity for women and girls in sports” and would bar girls and transgender women from playing in county facilities that align with their gender identity. gender. A New York Supreme Court judge rejected it in May, ruling that Blakeman lacked the legislative authority to issue such an order.

Doctors, psychologists and community members called the bill that passed Monday harmful and illegal, citing increased suicide rates among transgender teens compared to cisgender teens.

A 16-year-old girl, who said she is an LGBTQ+ ally, called on lawmakers to reconsider the bill because “this is hurting people. If people die, it’s up to you. People who commit suicide, suicide; it’s on you Do not forget that.”

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 14 and 20 to 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Trevor Project estimates that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 13 and 24 seriously consider suicide each year in the US – and at least one person attempts suicide every 45 seconds.

Those in favor of the local law deny that the bill is odious.

“We don’t hate anyone. … I understand your disagreement with this bill, I do,” Nassau County Legislator John Giuffrè, a Republican who voted in favor of the bill, said during the meeting.

In March, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Long Island Roller Rebels, a women’s roller derby league in Nassau County, arguing that the now-defunct executive order violated human rights and civil rights law from New York. according to a press release from the NYCLU. CNN has requested an update on the case.

The group also hit back at X after Monday’s passage of the measure, calling it “an obnoxious and blatantly illegal bill. If signed into law, we will see Nassau in court — again.”

Republican county legislator Giuffrè says he believes the law will stand up to scrutiny.

“I think the court challenges will be defeated and I think the constitution … will prevail,” Giuffrè said.

In March, New York Attorney General Letitia James called on Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman to rescind his executive order and called it a “discriminatory and transphobic executive order” in a March press release.

CNN reached out to James’ office Monday night for comment.

“What we’re doing is protecting women,” said Republican Legislator John R. Ferretti Jr.. “The safety and integrity of their sporting events.”

The law will go into effect as soon as Blakeman signs it, according to his office.

CNN’s Ashley R. Williams, Michelle Watson, Eric Levenson and Maria Sole Campinoti contributed to this report.